[ kar-ee-oh-ver ]
See synonyms for carry-over on
  1. that which is carried over, postponed, or extended to a later time, account, etc.

  2. Bookkeeping. the total of one page of an account carried forward to the next.

Origin of carry-over

First recorded in 1735–45; noun use of verb phrase carry over Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use carry-over in a sentence

  • The poets justly carry over rhetoric when the scene demands it, and have often proved themselves excellent rhetoricians.

  • To carry over the course a bag or two of clubs for the elect of Newbern was bound to be improving.

    The Wrong Twin | Harry Leon Wilson
  • The air has become so thin on Mars that sound will not carry over large portions of it.

    Giants on the Earth | Sterner St. Paul Meek

British Dictionary definitions for carry over

carry over

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to postpone or defer

  2. accounting tax accounting another term for carry forward

  1. (on the London Stock Exchange) to postpone (payment or settlement) until the next account day

  1. something left over for future use, esp goods to be sold

  2. accounting a sum or balance carried forward

  1. another name for contango

  2. tax accounting another name for carry-forward: See carry forward (noun)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with carry-over


See carry forward, def. 1.

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